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Tail Lights: June 17, 2013

Bill Crittenden

Beyond Search

A heavily modified third generation Pontiac Trans Am from Woodstock, hometown of The Crittenden Automotive Library.
Beyond Search

Volume 2, Issue 10
June 17, 2013

Did you know that Mercedes-Benz once made a truck model designated "911?"  If you do a Google search for it, a lot of pages that come up in the results have to do with comparing various Mercedes-Benz models to the far more popular Porsche 911.

Or did you know that before there was Kyle Busch the NASCAR driver there was Kyle Busch the automotive writer?  Or how about Ron Fellows the U.S. government employee?

Search has been an awesome tool for digging through the vast volumes of information introduced to the Internet in the past two decades.  However, now that it's here, it's become apparent that you can't find everything with it.

Poorly scanned documents creating machine reader mistakes, untagged photographs, duplicate names, and the sheer volume of all things from all topics can overload a user trying to use a search engine.

I believe the next step in the Internet information revolution is for human beings to come in and sift through the mountains of stuff, organizing it by topic or by subject, or by some other way.  That's what I've been doing here at The Crittenden Automotive Library.

You can support my efforts here by sharing a link to my site or this newsletter with someone who may also be interested in automotive history.  If I can get enough readers to attract a sponsor, I can dedicate my time to building the Library full-time.
The Crittenden Automotive Library is Automotive History Beyond the FendersSM: a large collection of information relating to not only cars, trucks, and motorcycles, but also the roads they drive on, the races they compete in, cultural works based on them, government regulation of them, and the people who design, build, and drive them.  We are dedicated to the preservation and free distribution of information relating to all types of cars and road-going vehicles for those seeking the greater understanding of these very important elements of modern society, how automobiles have affected how people live around the world, or for the general study of automotive history and anthropology.  In addition to the historical knowledge, we preserve current events for future generations.

The Crittenden Automotive Library includes over 482,000 pages in publications, 13,900 news & commentary stories, 2 weeks of audio, 4 days of video, 15,000 images, and other various types of information.  There are over 770 races' results tables broken down into individual driver histories.
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